Danny Mills has claimed that Steve Bruce could help win over the Newcastle United fans by playing an attacking brand of football at St James’ Park.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the new Magpies boss has three areas on which he will be judged and that the tactics employed will play a big part in whether he can get the Toon Army on his side.

Newcastle kicked off the new Premier League season with a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal at St James’ Park, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the decisive goal.

With the stats showing that Newcastle managed to have nearly as many shots as the Gunners did, Mills says taking the game to the opponents could help Bruce put a halt to some of the criticism he has received since taking the job.

Asked if attacking football could help Bruce win over the fans, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, definitely. As a manager you get judged on results, signings and style of play.

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“Signings will take a little bit of time, we won’t know about that for a while. Obviously results we know instantly, that happens on the first day.

“Style of play is a massive thing in this day and age and this new era of modern football. If they can have an attacking style of play, creating chances and the fans are happy with that, it perhaps gives you that little bit longer with the fans in that honeymoon period.” 

Bruce took charge of Newcastle after the departure of fan favourite Rafael Benitez, the former Sheffield Wednesday boss heavily criticised following his appointment.

His next game in charge will see him and his men travel to newly-promoted Norwich City, who were thrashed by Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

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